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Takeshi Sasaki wins his second IJF gold in a month

16 Dec 2018 11:30

Japanese middleweight Sasaki Takeshi defeated European Championships bronze medallist Aslan Lappinagov (RUS) to record the highest profile win of his career. The world number 13 defeated the world number seven as the Russian had to settle for silver for the second year in a row at the Masters. Read more

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Japanese youngster Saki Niizoe beats Colombian legend Alvear

16 Dec 2018 11:05

Niizoe Saki of Japan defeated double Olympic medallist and three-time world champion Yuri Alvear (COL) for the second time this year to earn the best result of her young career. Niizoe, who beat Alvear in February at the Düsseldorf Grand Slam, threw the 32-year-old Colombian great with a tai-otoshi for a waza-ari score and impressively held onto her lead to reign for rampant Japan. Read more

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Clarisse Agbegnenou stars for France

15 Dec 2018 13:35

World champion Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) defeated Osaka Grand Slam silver medallist Nabekura Nami (JPN) to win her first Masters title in the last contest on day one of the season-ending competition in China. Nabekura put up a credible effort as she forced the contest into golden score before failing with an ambitious sumi-gaeshi as Agbegnenou landed on top and applied a pin for 20 seconds and ippon. Read more

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Azeri ace Orujov back to his best with first gold medal this year

15 Dec 2018 13:25

Olympic silver medallist Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan won his first IJF World Judo Tour title since September 2017 with a polished performance in China. Two-time Masters bronze medallist Orujov defeated 2017 Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Arthur Margelidon (CAN) in the U73kg final after 16 seconds of added time with a waza-ari score. Read more

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Tsukasa Yoshida confirms strength at Masters

15 Dec 2018 12:45

World champion Yoshida Tsukasa of Japan added the World Judo Masters crown to her honours reel for 2018 with a clinical performance in China. Six-time Grand Slam winner Yoshida, who took silver a year ago in Russia, defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Nora Gjakova (KOS) in the U57kg final in a battle between the all-conquering world number one and the accomplished world number three. Read more

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Magical Maruyama continues golden road to the top

15 Dec 2018 12:25

Joshiro Maruyama of Japan won the biggest accolade of his flourishing career as he brushed aside The Hague Grand Prix silver medallist Baruch Shmailov (ISR) in the U66kg final. Read more

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Japan’s number three Tsunoda clinches Guangzhou gold

15 Dec 2018 12:00

Tsunoda Natsumi of Japan defeated world bronze medallist Amandine Buchard (FRA) to win the -52kg title in China. Osaka Grand Slam silver medallist Tsunoda, who in the domestic pecking order is behind world champion Abe Uta and world silver medallist Shishime Ai (JPN), turned Buchard over and onto her back with a sumi-gaeshi. Read more

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